52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

18. Variations


Right outside my window -- a small tree, then
golden poppies, a brick path, nasturtiums,
sidewalk, greenery, and the carless street. 

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Next to my window there is a small tree,
golden poppies, a brick path, nasturtiums,
sidewalk, curb, gutter, and the careless street.

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Outside my window, there is a small tree.
Beyond it: poppies, brick path, nasturtiums,
sidewalk, and the street, currently car-free.

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Outside my window is a dying tree.
A brick path, poppies, other flowers frame
its slow decline for all who look and see.  


Illuminating my window is a tree
that sways in sunlit air and yet is dead,
or dying: Leaves gray, branches thin, no birds.

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